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Oulton Broad Art Circle

PUBLISHED: 14:01 25 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:15 06 July 2010

Miles Lamdin held the groupe spellbound with his slides and lecture on the English Post Impressionists on September 16. He explained that there were continual progressive styles of art and Miles started off with the 15th/16th century Guild of St Luke when scholars served apprenticeships and artists such as Vermeer were members.

Miles Lamdin held the groupe spellbound with his slides and lecture on the English Post Impressionists on September 16. He explained that there were continual progressive styles of art and Miles started off with the 15th/16th century Guild of St Luke when scholars served apprenticeships and artists such as Vermeer were members. The Academy Royal in Paris established a credibility for artists and they had to study to gain scholarships. In 1768 Joshua Reynolds foundered the Royal Academy in London and rules and regulations were set. Naturally artists found restrictions too difficult and they rebelled. In 1849 the Pre Raphaelite Movement was formed by such young men who wanted to paint uninhibited. In 1873 Impressionism was formed, and from 1880 to 1920 the English Post Impressionist Movement was in force. Thirty years ago their work was considered of no importance. They painted workers outside in the landscape and ordinary subjects such as local country peasants portraying the harshness of life. The RA rejected their paintings saying they were copying the French pioneers of this particular art but Miles commented that art had been progressively copied in some way or other throughout history and nowadays painters of that period are highly sought after and command many thousands of pounds when sold. He showed us many beautiful pictures to illustrate his talk, including Philip Wilson Steer, Edward Stott, Henry Le Thanque and William Orpen. Marie Bond thanked Miles for showing the pictures that were mostly found in private collections. She reminded the group that there was a joint critique with Great Yarmouth guild on the October 5 at Great Yarmouth Library at 7.15pm.

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